Highlights: - Key singing Lady Gaga’s Million Reasons, Adele’s Make Me Feel My Love, and a Japanese song - Key trying to speak French, Italian and Spanish - Key said that we shawols makes him happy T.T - When fans asked what he did at valentine’s day, he said, “Work, HONEY. Work” xD
letterboxd is asking its community for their lists of most remarkable feature debuts. so what is your top 10 most remarkable debuts from women directors?
SUPER FUN QUESTION.
Also I feel like I could give like 10 answers from last year alone but I’ll try to contain myself. (J/K I CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF, GET READY FOR THE NOVEL!)
Clip dir. Maja Milos (2012) Imagine a more brutal version of Thirteen set in the social media era in Serbia and you have Clip, a brutal movie about a 14 year old girl who engages in a highly sexualized and often violent relationship with one of her classmates. It’s a shocking watch especially because Milos doesn’t try to protect her lead character (played by an actual 14 year old) at all and doesn’t shield her (or the audience) from the sado-masochistic behaviour she engages in in order to get attention and feel love.
My Brilliant Career dir. Gillian Armstrong (1979) So this is like the stereotypical period piece about a plucky young woman discovering herself only it’s SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT. A really beautiful and quietly subversive period piece that is so visually stunning and self-assured that it doesn’t feel like a first film at all. A must see.
Titus dir. Julie Taymor (1999) When people say that a movie is like a theatre piece they usually mean it as an insult but Titus applies the “anything goes” spirit of theatre in the most fun and flamboyant way. This is a really bombastic, unforgettable visual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays. Taymor mixes genres, time periods and references in a way that is intensely fresh and unique.
Fill the Void dir. Rama Burshstein (2012) This is a romantic drama about a young Israeli woman who is part of an Orthodox Jewish community who, after her sister dies, is prompted to consider marrying her sister’s widower so that he can remain in the family. Despite the icky sounding premise Burshtein (herself an Orthodox Jew) is intensely sympathetic to her characters and shows a total command of her camera and the tone of the movie which is just beautiful, passionate and romantic.
The Connection dir. Shirley Clarke (1961) This is a bit of a cheat because Shirley Clarke had directed documentaries before but whatever. The Connection takes place in real time and is about a very square documentarian who is filming a movie about a bunch of jazz musicians waiting around for their drug connection so they can get high. It definitely feels very tame for the current day but considering the film takes place in a single room Clarke packs the movie full of electric energy that makes it incredibly pleasurable to watch.
The Fits dir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015) This is just an incredible majestic film. Very spare, very artistic, very beautiful. Holmer is a genius and the movie is a gift. She does more on a budget of 150, 000 euros or whatever it was, than most directors do with millions.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me dir. Chloé Zhao (2015) There is a whole cottage industry of low budget filmmakers who think they can be the next Malick, but I think Zhao is the only one who really gets it right. This film is set in on the Pine Ridge reservation and Zhao shoots everything at the golden hour making it look incredibly lush while never shying away from the roughness and occasional boredom of small town life.
The Governess dir. Sandra Goldbacher (1998) I have literally no idea why this film isn’t bigger than it is and it’s really due for a critical revival. It’s a neo-victorian original tale about a young Sephardic Jewish woman who hides her identity and goes to work as a governess on the Isle of Skye. Unfortunately the only copies I’ve been able to view are of very poor quality but you can still see how beautiful it must have originally been. Also the story is incredibly rich and textured and deals with power dynamics between men and women, Jews and gentiles, science vs. art etc.
The Babadook dir. Jennifer Kent (2014) This is a horror movie for people who aren’t really into horror and as such it’s PERFECT. What it really is more than anything is a dark modern day fairy tale about a recently widowed woman who is having a tough time adjusting to life as a single mother to her child who is genuinely the most annoying child to ever grace the screen (really, kudos to casting, you completely understand why this woman would struggle to raise this kid).
A Girl Walks Home Aloneat Night dir. Ana Lily Amirpour (2014) So good. A surprisingly wistful and romantic vampire film in which “the girl” (the vampire) skateboards in a chador, dances alone in her room, befriends a cat, and drinks the blood of a LOT of people. It’s great.
Honourable mentions: La Pointe Courte, Children of a Lesser God, The Edge of Seventeen, Sugar Cane Alley, Smithereens, Eve’s Bayou, I Like It Like That, Hester Street, A New Leaf, Chocolat.
*curtsies* Dear Duke, thank you so much for mentioning the King Arthur trailer, because I watched it but more importantly listened to the song and holy shit it's so good??? I can't believe I lived my life avoiding Led Zeppelin, thinking 'it's not my thing' when maybe it is?
*curtsies* OH MY SWEET HONEY CHILD let me tell you about Led Zeppelin and rockified blues tunes. See, Zeppelin often gets pigeonholed as hard rock or proto-metal, which doesn’t make any sense because they played in a much broader range of musical styles than that implies, and one thing they did really fucking well was electrifying old blues ballads: e. g. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (a great song but again, a weird choice for that particular trailer). If you are digging this vibe of raw gritty sexy power blues, other Zepp tracks you should put on your to-listen list posthaste would be (in roughly chronological order by studio album release): “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” “Since I Been Loving You” (I’ve heard this song a million times and it still destroys me), “When the Levee Breaks,” and “In My Time of Dying” (watch the live version from Earl’s Court in ’75 if you really want to have your mind blown; the remastered version on the 2003 DVD is best). Enjoy!
I love that lavender blond. ❞
The way she/he/they moves the way she/he/they walks. ❞
❝ I touch myself can’t get enough. ❞
❝ And in the silence of the night. ❞
❝ Through all the tears and all the lies. ❞
❝ I touch myself and it’s alright. ❞
❝ Just give in don’t give up baby. ❞
❝ Open up your heart and your mind to me. ❞
❝ Just know when that glass is empty. ❞
❝ That the world is gonna bend. ❞
❝ So happy I could die. ❞
❝ Yeah I’ll love you forever.
❝ Up in the clouds we’ll be higher than ever. ❞
❝ I’ll undress you, ‘cause you’re tired. ❞
❝ Cover you as you desire. ❞
❝ When you fall asleep inside my arms. ❞
❝ May not have the fancy things. ❞
❝ But I’ll give you everything. ❞
❝ You could ever want, it’s in my arms.
❝ So baby tell me yes. ❞
❝ And I will give you everything. ❞
❝ And I will be all yours tonight. ❞
❝ I will be right by your side. ❞
❝ If I can’t find the cure. ❞
❝ I’ll fix you with my love. ❞
❝ I’m gonna heal you anyway. ❞
❝ Lookin’ to be somethin’.
❝ Out of school go-go'n for a hundred or two. ❞
❝ Some asshole broke me in. ❞
❝ Wrecked all my innocence. ❞
❝ And this dance is on you. ❞
❝ One, five, ten, lay a million on me. ❞
❝ Before the end of this song. ❞
❝ C'mon baby, do you have a boy/girlfriend?. ❞
❝ I’m not flawless, but I gotta diamond heart. ❞
❝ I might not be flawless, but you know.
❝ I gotta diamond heart.
❝ A cruel king made me tough.
❝ Daddy’s girl’s never good enough.
❝ You’re giving me a million reasons to let you go. ❞ ❝ You’re giving me a million reasons to quit the show. ❞ ❝ You’re givin’ me a million reasons. ❞ ❝ Give me a million reasons. ❞ ❝ About a million reasons. ❞ ❝ If I had a highway, I would run for the hills.
❝ If you could find a dry way, I’d forever be still. ❞
❝ But you’re giving me a million reasons. ❞ ❝
I bow down to pray. ❞ ❝ I try to make the worst seem better. ❞ ❝ To cut through all his worn out leather. ❞ ❝ But baby, I just need one good one to stay. ❞ ❝ Head stuck in a cycle, I look off and I stare. ❞
Dancin’ in Circles :
❝ Tap down those boots while I beat around. ❞ ❝ Let’s funk downtown. ❞ ❝ Funk me downtown. ❞ ❝ I lay around, touch myself to pass the time. ❞ ❝ Take a breath and I picture us in a place. ❞ ❝ I fell down, I wish you were mine. ❞ ❝ Up full night tryin’ to rub the pain out. ❞ ❝ Dancin’ in circles, feels good to be lonely. ❞ ❝ I’m singin’ dancin’ in circles. ❞ ❝ Swirl around as if I’m someone else. ❞ ❝
Your hands are mine. ❞ ❝ I fool myself. ❞
✩ prompt: there isn’t really a prompt for this one, I was just having a bad day and wanted to write fluff :/ if you guys are feeling down hope this is a little pick me up :) this story is also strongly influenced by Troye Sivan’s song “talk me down”
✩ word count: four million and twenty-nine
✩ warnings: mild angst and lots of fluff
To Be Close To You
Her bags fall from the grasp of her cold fingertips as soon as she closes the door to their apartment, sinking down, not just from exhaustion, but from the utmost heaviness of her heart in that moment.
She pictures him smiling, the sunlight caught in the edges of his eyes, his hair a flurry of light chestnut, and his freckles that decorate his face like stars in the sky.
She groans, resting her head on the top of her knees, trying to hide from the reality that she wanted nothing more in this moment than to be close to him. To be entangled in his arms and his scent and his voice-
But he just thinks of her as a friend.
Don’t - Don’t, get her wrong, being his friend is beyond lovely, but sometimes the fleeting curve of his lips makes her heart ache, and the way he runs his freckled fingers through his hair when he gets nervous, causes her to stare a little longer than a friend would.
Even when they were but centimeters apart, there were miles - worlds, even - between them.
something that is on my mind since Lady Gaga released her new video clip, John
Wayne, and I just want to write it down so I won’t forget.
everyone knows that all the clips she released from Joanne are connected to
which other. They all start were the last one finished. But John Wayne looks
quite different from Perfect Illusion and Million Reasons… The clip reminds me
of old Gaga videos, with a frantic pace and lots of color. So how does this one
connect with the others? I read a comment saying the Gaga realized that the
first videos were not good and decided that it was time to go back to what she
did before. Not only I don’t agree with this (to me, Joanne is more mature than her previous albums) I also think this is bullshit. There’s no way
Gaga didn’t know what she was doing. This is not a random change of pace.
2016, Gaga and Taylor Kinney ended their 5 year relationship. In September, she
released Joanne’s first single, Perfect Illusion. The song talks about a heartbreak,
about a relationship that wasn’t as good as the song’s character thought it
was. The videoclipe shows Gaga in a sort of journey, trying to deal with her
new situation and trying to understand what went wrong. She dances with
strangers and runs in desert, as if she was lost.
Then, she released
Million Reason (to me, the best song in the album). This song is about a person
trying to rebuild a broken relationship; she begs for a reason to stay even
though she knows it’s not a great relationship. The clip is very melancholic and
she seems, again, very lonely. She’s trying everything she cans to bring him
back, but she knows is all in vain.
like I said before, is frenetic. It starts with Gaga talking in a calm tone
that becomes a shout. She rides horses and motorbikes; she hurts herself without
noticing or caring about it; she gets a ride with a stranger and runs over a
dog; she shoots a gun; she kills herself. She’s angry and she says “I crave a
real wild man” because every guy she knows is “just the same”. In the end,
everything is just a day dream.
So, this is
my theory: Lady Gaga will release 7 video clips, each one representing a stage
of grief. We already have Perfect Illusion as SHOCK, with Gaga trying to cope it
the break-up; Million Reason as DENIAL, with her trying in vain to save
something that is already dead; and John Wayne as ANGER, for obvious reasons.
we have BARGAINING, GUILT, DEPRESSION and ACCEPTANCE. I think Dancin’ in
Circles will be the next video, since it talks about masturbating to fill a
void someone left in our lives. Maybe this is the way she found to keep him
next to her. Or maybe Sinner’s Prayer, which also can be GUILT. I think Just
Another Day could be ACCEPTANCE and Hey Girl DEPRESSION.
Ok, so this
is it. My theory that doesn’t change the world. I wrote it because I didn’t saw
anyone talking about this and what I read was quite stupid, so that’s it. Sorry
for my English :)